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Aims and scope

Genetics Selection Evolution is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal dedicated to original research on all aspects of genetics and selection in farm animal species and in other species that provide novel and/or relevant insights into the genetics of farm animals.

Announcing our expansion in scope

Historically Genetics Selection Evolution has been focused on publishing studies based on genetic and genomic data, but with vast increases in the spectrum of other -omic data and fast evolving statistical and computing technologies, we are extending our scope to also support contributions on other -omic data and the use of biotechnology in animal breeding.

Please see here for a full description of our journal scope. We would like to emphasize that contributions must include statements on the relevance of the work to the broader readership of the journal.

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Retrospective Collection

Celebrating Genetics Selection Evolution’s 50th anniversary
Collection showcasing influential papers published in the journal over the past five decades.

Published: 19 November 2019


Thematic Series

Goat ADAPTmap Project
Collection featuring research from the Goat AdaptMap project, a worldwide analysis of goat biodiversity.

Published: 19 November 2018


Thematic Series

International Symposium on Functional Animal Genomics 2015
Collection featuring research and reviews from the International Symposium on Function Animal Genomics, held in Piacenza, Italy on 27th-29th July 2015.

Published: 29 March 2016


Didier Boichard, INRAE, France
Jack Dekkers, Iowa State University, US
Helene Hayes, INRAE, France
Julius van der Werf, University of New England, Australia

Featured: Opportunities and limits of combining microbiome and genome data for complex trait prediction

Pérez‑Enciso et al. explore the questions: how useful can the microbiome be for prediction of complex traits? Are microbiability estimates reliable? And can the underlying biological genome-microbiome-links be inferred at a system’s level?

Featured: Broad phenotypic impact of the effects of transgenerational heat stress in dairy cattle: a study of four consecutive generation

Weller et al. provide the first evidence for transgenerational effects of heat stress through the maternal line on a panel of dairy cattle traits.

Introducing our new Associate Editors

We are delighted to welcome our new Associate Editors. Read here about their expertise and the strength they bring to the board.

Ingrid David

INRAE, France

Ken G Dodds

AgResearch, New Zealand

Tom Druet

University of Liège, Belgium

Daniela Lourenco

University of Georgia, US

Hubert Pausch

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Guosheng Su

Aarhus University, Denmark

About the Editors-in-Chief

Didier Boichard

Didier Boichard is currently leading the Cattle Genetics and Genomics research group in the laboratory of Animal Genetics and Integrative Biology at INRAE (French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment) in Jouy-en-Josas.

His research is focused on dairy cattle genetics and breeding, particularly on the analysis of genetic variability of production and functional traits. He has managed the French national genetic evaluation for dairy cattle, sheep and goats and conducted projects for QTL detection and fine mapping. In 2002, in close collaboration with the French breeding industry, he implemented a large-scale marker-assisted selection programme, which has become a genomic selection programme since 2008.

Jack Dekkers

Jack Dekkers is professor and leader of the Animal Breeding and Genetics Section in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University (USA).

His areas of research are quantitative genetics and animal breeding with application to swine and poultry genetics, including the use of molecular genetic and genomic information, QTL detection, marker-assisted and genomic selection, design, optimization and economic aspects of breeding strategies, and genetic aspects of residual feed intake in pigs.

Helene Hayes

Helene Hayes is a researcher in the laboratory of Animal Genetics and Integrative Biology at INRAE (French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment) in Jouy-en-Josas.

Her main focus is animal cytogenetics with a special interest on cattle, goat, sheep and rabbit cytogenetic maps and comparative mapping. Since 2005, she dedicates half her time to the management of the journal Genetics Selection Evolution.

Julius Van Der Werf

Professor Julius van der Werf holds a PhD (1990) in Animal Breeding from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He moved to the University of New England (Armidale, Australia) in 1997, where he is now Professor in Animal Breeding and Genetics and Program Leader of Genetics in the Cooperative Research Center for Sheep Industry Innovation.

His research interests range from methodological issues on the estimation of genetic parameters (design and data structure, mixed models analysis, genetic evaluation models, random regression models) and genomic analysis (genomic prediction, genome wide association studies, design of experiments, models for genomic prediction, phasing and imputation) to applications for the optimization of animal breeding programs (breeding objectives, optimizing selection, optimizing, measurement, long and short term gains, genetic gain and genetic diversity, total genetic resource management).

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